Animal Control: Successful No Kill Policies

A recent Governing article titled “Do Animal Shelters Serve People or Pups?” brought up the challenges that arise as animal shelters evolve towards a “no kill” policy. While a large amount of communities want their homeless pets saved, many government shelters lack the resources to make this a reality.

Resource scarcity is a concern that can be worked through without the result of substandard care. Successful “no kill” communities understand that serving both people and pets is not mutually exclusive; in fact, it’s critical for successfully creating a safe and humane community.

Join ICMA and Best Friends Animal Society, in a webinar that will present a number of successful communities that have implemented or are in the process of implementing “no kill” practices. You will learn what these communities have in common and discuss some of the principles behind their success.

You and your staff will look at:

  • Various government structures and some of the resources/tactics they have employed to reach “no kill” status
  • How to leverage partnerships and secure community engagement
  • How to educate officials on policies and real costs

Arlyn Bradshaw

Executive Director, Best Friends Animal Society - Utah

Arlyn Bradshaw serves as the executive director of Best Friends Animal Society–Utah, overseeing the lifesaving programs that are turning Utah into a no-kill state. Together with the No-Kill Utah (NKUT) initiative and its coalition of more than 50 animal welfare organizations, Best Friends–Utah runs its own pet adoption center, kitten nursery, and two spay/neuter clinics. In addition to Arlyn’s work with Best Friends, he is also an elected member of the Salt Lake County Council. Among his top priorities as an elected official is ensuring that Salt Lake County Animal Services — the largest animal services agency in the state — maintains its status as a no-kill shelter. Prior to Best Friends, he worked at the University of Utah as the assistant dean of students. Originally from rural Idaho, Arlyn has been active in Utah politics and the University of Utah community for more than a decade.

Holly Sizemore

Director of National Programs/Community Programs and Services Division, Best Friends Animal Society

Holly Sizemore is director of national programs in the Community Programs and Services Division of Best Friends Animal Society. She oversees the Pitbull, Cat, and Puppy Mill Initiatives as well as the No More Homeless Pets Network. Holly has volunteered and worked in many different animal welfare arenas, ranging from small grassroots groups to large-scale public/private partnership efforts. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Utah and a master of public administration degree from the University of Washington. Holly and her husband proudly share their home with a few former community cats and one adopted dog.


Animal Control No Kill Video
Open to view video.
Open to view video. 90 minutes
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available